I'm going to be learning Java soon, so I was wondering about the parameters for functions. In C++ I always used pointer when I wanted to directly affect a variable or object from a function. I've heard Java doesn't have pointers, so how will I be able to do this?
Bypassing Copy Constructor
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 06:35 AM
In Java, all objects are references and exist on the heap. You don't have the choice of constructing objects on the stack or on the heap as you do with C++. If you want to actually perform a deep copy of an object rather than simply creating a secondary reference to it, you have to explicitly clone the object. Also keep in mind that when you pass an object to a function, the reference is passed by value.